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The American School in Switzerland:  Academic Dean Middle School

Timothy Fitzgerald


Timothy Fitzgerald is now the Academic Dean of TASIS Middle School. Previously he was an administrator at Ruamrudee international School in Bangkok, Thailand and Saigon South International School in Vietnam. He has taught at International School Bangkok, American School in Milan and Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, CT USA.

Fukuoka International School:  Secondary School Principal

Paul McKenzie


Paul McKenzie has been appointed Secondary School Principal at Fukuoka International School. Having held the same position at the International School of Ouagadougou, Mr. McKenzie is returning to Japan after 20 years of international K12 teaching and administrative experience.

American School of Valencia:  Preschool and Elementary Principal

Ann C. Kox


American School of Valencia is proud to welcome Dr. Ann C. Kox as the Preschool and Elementary Principal. Dr. Kox has served for the past three years as the Superintendent of the Wausaukee School District in Wisconsin (USA). Prior to her work in Wausaukee, Dr. Kox served as the Elementary and Middle School Principal at the American School of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Intermediate and Middle School Principal in the Waterloo School District (Wisconsin, USA), and as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency.

Dr. Kox holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in English and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College. She holds multiple certifications as a Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Pupil Services, English and Special Education.

American School of Puerto Vallarta:  General Director

Lisa Langley


Ms Lisa Langley, M.S., has been appointed General Director at the American School of Puerto Vallarta. After serving for over sixteen years as Director of Admissions & College Guidance, she takes on her new role as our school's leader, guiding us to continue to thrive as a multicultural learning community. She is taking over the reigns from our school founder, Mr. Gerald Selitzer, who decided to retire this year after 30 years as our Director.

Hawera Primary School:  Year 2 Teacher

Lauren Wanstall


A driven, passionate, well organised and caring teacher. I have high expectations of myself, my colleagues and my students, along with a great sense of humour. One of my most important beliefs is to know my students and recognise their different learning needs, understand them and apply them to the learning so that children can successfully achieve their learning goals. I am enthusiastic and passionate for creating positive and supportive learning experiences for my students, so they can strengthen and grow their existing capabilities and discover new capabilities.

North Jakarta Intercultural School:  Head of School

Markus W. Baloun


Markus W. Baloun was appointed Head of School at North Jakarta Intercultural School as of June 2016. During 2015/2016 he served at NJIS as the principal. Prior his move to Indonesia he worked in four different countries as an international educator and administrator.

S.A. Escuela Bella Vista:  Secondary Principal

Jonathan Chenier


Jonathan Chenier is now the Secondary Principal at Escuela Bella Vista in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He brings fourteen years of experience in international schools in Mexico and Colombia, the last ten as an administrator. He is also a doctoral candidate in Drexel University's Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Management.

The American School of Mallorca:  Principal

Emmanuel Lacoste


Saipan International School:  Headmaster

Ronald Snyder


Ron Snyder has been appointed the new Headmaster at Saipan International School, starting in summer 2016. Ron has worked in 9 countries over his 24 years in international education and is moving to Saipan from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

American Embassy School:  High School Assistant Principal

Iftekhar Syed


IFTEKHAR SYED has been appointed as the High School Assistant Principal at the American Embassy School - New Delhi. He has been an educator for the last fourteen years in middle and high schools in Los Angeles, California, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before joining AES-New Delhi, he was the Dean of Students at American International School Dhaka. Iftekhar has a MA in Educational Leadership and Policy from the California State University -­ Northridge.

American Embassy School:  Elementary School Principal

Nada Collins


NADA COLLINS is the new Elementary School Principal at the American Embassy School – New Delhi. Nada has worked as the Elementary Principal at Graded-The American School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has also worked at Casablanca American School, Schutz American School-Egypt, and the International School of Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso. Ms. Collins received an MA Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Finally, she earned a Post-­Master in Educational Psychology from The College of New Jersey.

American Embassy School:  Director

Ellen Stern


ELLEN DEITSCH STERN is the new Director at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India starting July 2016. Ms. Stern was a teacher, principal, and head of an independent school in the US before going overseas. Following eight years as director of the Anglo-American School in Moscow and St Petersburg, she has served as the interim head of school in ten schools in the last thirteen years. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Ernest Mannino International Superintendent of the Year Award. Ms. Stern is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe and has an MA degree from Teachers College of Columbia University

American Cooperative School of Tunis:  Secondary School Principal

Philippe Caron-Audet


Originally from Quebec City, Canada, Philippe Caron-Audet has spent the last thirteen years teaching abroad. He has worked in Switzerland, the Czech Republic. and Tunisia. This July, after five years as head of the World Language department, he was appointed Secondary School Principal at the American School of Tunis.

Escuela Las Morochas:  Director

Rafael Serna


I come from México, where I got my start as a teacher and administrator. I work for American School of Torreon, México (CAT), for six years in a different positions, including IT Support and Computer Science Teacher, place where I learn the meaning of be an international teacher, grow as a person and learning a lot how to handle 1,600 students, I left wonderful friends who teach me a lot like Mr. Maklouf Oyed (Actually CAT Director), Mr. Eros Munoz (International Teacher), and many teacher who works side by side during those six years, Thanks to these Experiences, I realized that my love is being part of a School, then I move to Escuela Carlos Pereyra, another important School for another six years, as a Computer Science Teacher, Tech Coordinator, Upper School Subdirector, IT Coordinator and Academic Director, where I learn everything about how to administrate a School from both sides, in the Academic side, learning how to deal with parents, students and teachers, how to help your students and teacher from different parts of the school, and economically leading institutional school planning for the next 5 years. In my new role with ELM as a Director our priority is to give our best for our students, focus in the most important goal for the school, prepare our students academically and prepared for this changing world

American School of Bilbao:  PYP Coordinator

Keelin Swalve


A passion for the Spanish language, culture and people brought Keelin to Spain over 20 years ago, where she studied Spanish and later began her journey in international education at the Benjamin Franklin International school in Barcelona. She has held a variety of teaching and leadership positions over the years. Keelin is delighted to join the American School of Bilbao as PYP Coordinator this fall.

Verdala International School, Malta:  Elementary Principal

Jonathan Butcher


Jonathan Butcher was appointed as the Elementary Principal of Verdala International School, Malta in August 2016. Jon was serving as Grade Level Leader at Zurich International School, Switzerland before, where he also chaired the Makerspace Action Research Project as part of the ZIS Innovates Committee. Previous to this, he was House Master at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.

NIST International School:  Head of School

Brett Penny


Before taking on the role of Head of School in 2016, Mr. Brett Penny served as the Head of Elementary from 2011 after eight years in Switzerland, where he held the position of Primary Principal of the Inter-Community School Zurich. After a successful teaching career in his home country of New Zealand, Brett commenced his career in international education, working at NIST from 2000 – 2003 as a year 6 teacher and the year 6 coordinator.

Cebu International School:  IBDP Coordinator

Maria Socorro "Choco" Laplana


Maria Socorro "Choco" Laplana has been appointed as IBDP Coordinator at Cebu International School in Cebu, Philippines. Choco also continues to serve as the school's Curriculum and Accreditation Coordinator, as well as teaching IBDP Psychology.

Naseem International School:  Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Leovino De la Cruz


Leovino De la Cruz aka Benny has been appointed as Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Naseem International School for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Prior to joining NIS in 2012 as an Elementary teacher and as a Math Coordinator, Benny worked as an Elementary teacher and as an ES Math Coordinator in Cebu International School in the Philippines and has been in international education for the past 8 years.

International School of Beijing:  World Languages Director

David Wu


Hailing from San Francisco, David Wu joins the International School of Beijing as World Languages Director for the 2016-17 school year. David holds an A.B. in Romance Languages from Harvard University and a MA in Education from San Francisco State University. David comes to ISB after 15 years of working in Hong Kong as the Regional Native speaking English Teacher for the Education Bureau.

International School of Beijing:  Elementary Assistant Principal

Brian Byrne


Brian Byrne joins the International School of Beijing as Elementary Assistant Principal for the 2016-17 school year. Originally from Connecticut, Brian holds an M.S. in Leadership and Administration from Sacred Heart University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport and a B.S. in Business Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Brian holds both administrative and teaching certificates from the Connecticut State Department of Education. Prior to moving to Beijing, Brian was the lower school vice principal at Shanghai Community International School for 3 years.

The American School of Antananarivo:  PK-12 Principal

Steve Vis


Mr. Steve Vis is the new PK-12 Principal at the American School of Antananarivo in Madagascar. He has been an international school educator for the past fourteen years, with experience teaching at the elementary and middle school levels and serving as PYP Coordinator.

Cebu International School:  Elementary Assistant Principal/ PYP Coordinator

Maike Silver


Maike Silver has been appointed to the Elementary Assistant Principal/ PYP Coordinator position at Cebu International School in Cebu, Philippines. She transitioned from her previous role as PYP Coordinator at the same school. Maike is also an experienced PYP workshop leader, consultant and has been involved in different projects for the International Baccalaureate Organization, including the development of new workshops and curricular material.

ACS Hillingdon International School:  High School Assistant Principal

Christine Lipsey


Christine Lipsey has been appointed the High School Assistant Principal and Diploma Coordinator at ACS Hillingdon International School in London. She will be transitioning from her position of Secondary Deputy Principal at MEF International School Istanbul.

The Magellan International School:  Deputy Head of School

Erika Velez


Erika Velez is now Deputy Head of School at The Magellan International School in Austin, Texas, USA.

United Nations International School of Hanoi:  PYP Coordinator

Angela Meikle


Angela Meikle joins the United Nations International School of Hanoi as Elementary School Curriculum Coordinator for the 2016-17 school year. Originally from California, Angela holds a M.A. in Leadership and Administration, and B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She works actively as a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network as a workshop leader, visiting team leader and member, consultant, quality school’s curriculum reviewer and field representative. Prior to moving to Vietnam, Angela was the PYP Coordinator at the Western Academy of Beijing

Walworth Barbour American International School:  Director of Teaching and Learning

Hannah Nancy Thein


Hannah has been appointed as the new Director of Teaching and Learning at the Walworth Barbour American International School of Israel. She begins this position with experience as a School-wide Assessment and Data Coordinator, ELL/LS Coordinator, and co-principal, and also has taught grades K-8 and college. She has worked at international schools in Ecuador, Austria, and Ethiopia and in Vermont schools in the USA. She holds a Master’s in TESOL from St. Michael’s College and a principal certification.

ISE International School:  Secondary School Principal

Kristen Korczynski-Knudsen


Kristen Korczynski (Knudsen) has been appointed the new secondary school principal at The International School of the Eastern Seaboard in Thailand. She has enjoyed working as a teacher, CAS Coordinator, and K-12 Coordinator at ISE over the last eight years. She previously taught in Egypt and Switzerland.

The Magellan International School:  Primary Head of School

Erika Velez


Erika Velez has been appointed Head of Primary at The Magellan International School in Austin, Texas. Previously, Erika was First Grade Teacher (2years), Support Services and Resource Coordinator (1year), Deputy Head of School and Support Services and Resource Coordinator (2years) and now Deputy Head of School and Head of Primary at the same school. Her previous experience includes working at The Atlanta International School in Atlanta, Georgia- USA , British International College and Altamira International School in Barranquilla Colombia- South America. Erika is an experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) Administrator, Learning Specialist, Teacher, Leader, Differentiated Instruction Coach-Trainer, IB workshop leader and site visitor, and skilled presenter in different educational topics such as: learning disabilities, inclusion, differentiated instruction, Assessment, Literacy and Spanish immersion, reading, special intervention programs for children with learning disabilities amongst other. Knowledgeable and with great teaching practice in Spanish immersion and language acquisition. Enthusiastic and creative about designing new programs. A skillful multi-tasker and creative international open-minded educator who knows and understands a variety of unique instructional strategies, programs and curriculum to help students learn and succeed in an interchanging world. A visionary leader.

American School of Brasilia:  Lower School Director of Teaching and Learning

Matthew Hajdun


United World College Thailand:  Principal of Primary School

Jaki Graham


Jaki has been appointed the Primary School Principal at UWC Thailand, previously known as Phuket International Academy. Prior to this position, Jaki worked at UWCSEA in Singapore, ISZL in Switzerland and SCIS in Hangzhou, China.

Pan American School of Porto Alegre:  Preschool Principal

Otto Neitzel Neto


Otto Neitzel Neto has been appointed Preschool Principal at the Pan American School in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Previously, Otto was Preschool (4years) and Elementary (2years) teacher at the same school.

Stockholm International School:  Dean of Students

Corina Rader


I am looking forward to my new role as Dean of Students, PreK-12, at SIS. In this new role I will lead in the development and oversight of the school’s extracurricular, enrichment, service and well being programs.  I will be a line manager to the staff working within those programmes. In cooperation with the senior school management, I will ensure that student well-being and learning is happening at all school levels.

International School of Curitiba:  Head of School

Michael Boots


Michael has been appointed as the new Head of School at the International School of Curitiba. Michael worked at ISC since 2014 as the Secondary Principal. Before coming to ISC he was an administrator at Jakarta International School for eight years. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from Southeastern University, USA. Michael is originally from Tasmania, Australia.

Xi'An High Tech International School:  Head of Secondary

Daun Yorke


Daun is the new Head of Secondary at Xi'an Hi-Tech International School, commencing in August 2016.Daun has spent the last twelve years leading IB Curriculum at International Schools in East Asia (Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Busan). Daun is a Lead Educator for the IB in the Asia Pacific Region and a Concept-Based Instruction Presenter and Trainer. Daun looks forward to further developing the Middle Years Programme and working with faculty towards Diploma Programme authorisation at XHIS in the coming year.

International School of Riga:  Director

Craig Williamson


Craig Williamson has been appointed as the new Director of the International School of Riga, effective July 2017. Craig is currently Assistant Head of School at Chadwick International School, Incheon, S. Korea, PK-Grade 12 school of 1100 students. Previously, Craig served as Director of Middle School and High School and as Middle School Principal at Chadwick and as MS/HS Principal at the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait. His teaching career encompasses Key Stages 2, 3, and 4 in the UK and Qatar.

SIS Group of Schools, Indonesia:  Chief Academic Officer

Bhojraj Sobha


Kailash will join SIS Group of schools, Indonesia as the Chief Academic Officer from July 2016. Kailash previously served as IB DP Coordinator and Head of school in Japan, Director of Curriculum and implementing the IBCP in Shanghai, China and Pastoral/ Year Coordinator in Mauritius.

International School of Kenya:  English and TOK teacher

William Parsons


Bill Parsons, Maylin Parsons, Elementary Spanish teacher, and Camila (grade 9) are delighted to re-enter the world of international teaching after ten years in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Xi'an Hi-Tech International School:  Head of Primary

Brian Lalor


Brian has been appointed at Head of Primary at Xi'an Hi-Tech International School for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Prior to joining XHIS in 2014 Brian worked as an administrator in Vietnam and has been in international education for the past 12 years.

International School of Tanganyika:  PE Teacher/Department Coordinator

Julie Strait


Physical Education at Leman International School in Chengdu, China

Singapore International Schools, Indonesia:  Chief Academic Officer

Kailash Bhojraj SOBHA


Having served as IB DP Coordinator and Head of school in Japan, Director of Curriculum and implementing the IBCP in Shanghai, China and Pastoral/ Year Coordinator in Mauritius, Kailash will join SIS Group of schools, Indonesia as the Chief Academic Officer from July 2016.

International Community School of Abidjan:  Lower School Principal

William Seward


William Seward was appointed Lower School Principal at the International Community School of Abidjan in August 2015. Prior to this position, William was an Administrator at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia for three years.

World Academy Tirana:  Head of Technology

Marcel Ideler


Marcel will join the World Academy of Tirana (WAT) as Head of Technology. Previously he worked in India, South-Korea, Estonia and the Netherlands.

St. Catherine's British School, Athens, Greece:  Biology teacher

Nikos Tasopoulos


The American School of Kinshasa:  High School Principal

Christopher Allen


Christopher Allen has been appointed High School Principal of the American School of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the 2016-2017 school year. Chris is currently Head of SSIS Western Academy in Suzhou, China. Previously he held teaching and leadership positions in schools in Beijing and Nanjing, China, Brazil, Vietnam, and the USA.

Noblesse International School:  Retiring Headmaster

Harvey Chiles


Dr. Harvey M. Chiles is retiring on June 30th, 2016 after forty years of service as a music educator, university administrator, college professor, high school principal and international school headmaster. . He is starting his own company as an international broker of educational services. He will have offices in the United States, Philippines, Korea, and China.

The International School-Macau (TIS):  Director of Boarding

Simon Gauci


Simon Gauci has accepted the position as Director of Boarding at The International School - Macau (TIS). With over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator and having served in international schools in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and China, he's looking forward to the next adventure/challenge in Macau, and honored to be a part of the growing TIS community.

International School of Stavanger:  Director

Gareth Jones


Gareth Jones assumed the role of director at the International School of Stavanger in Norway this year. Previously serving as deputy director, Gareth has been instrumental in furthering the school's strategic planning, steering its successful re-accreditation process and growing the school's more inclusive and holistic approach to education.

BIBS Kunming Campus:  Director/Principal

John Cushing


The American International School of Bolivia:  General Director

Gustavo Sever


Mr. Gustavo Sever has been selected as the new General Director of The American International School of Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia starting in July 2016. Mr. Sever comes from the International School of Curacao where he occupied, during his 15-year tenure, different positions including: High School Principal, Guidance Counselor, HR Manager, and ESL Teacher. Prior to his professional experience at ISC, he taught in North Carolina, USA and Caracas, Venezuela.